The Art of Communicating Engineering Judgement

Tim ProcterConsulting, Education, Professional Development

Tim Procter shares his experience as a graduate engineer developing engineering judgement and his approach to communicating this knowledge to various stakeholders. This article was originally published at Engineering Education Australia. As a graduate engineer (some years ago) moving from university to the workplace I was surprised to discover just how vast and varied engineering knowledge actually is. After completing … Read More

Update on Victoria’s Energy Safety Framework Review

Gaye FrancisEngineering Consultants

On 19 January 2017, the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change announced an independent review of Victoria’s Electricity Network Safety Framework, to be chaired by Dr Paul Grimes. On 5 May 2017, the Minister announced an expansion to the Review’s Terms of Reference to include Victoria’s gas network safety framework. The interim report was released in October and can … Read More

Witness Box Whiteboards?

Richard RobinsonEngineering Consultants

Engineers tend to think problems through as visual concepts, particularly as a concept sketch or design. This is reflected by a lawyer trained CEO of a water authority: Now that you mention it, I have noticed that if I get between the whiteboard and my engineers they do tend to go mute. That is, for an engineer a picture really … Read More

Engineering’s Golden Rule

Tim ProcterEngineering Consultants

The Golden Rule, or the rule of reciprocity, states that one should treat others as one would wish to be treated. It is an astonishingly widespread maxim, appearing in some form in virtually every major religion and belief system.

Specialist, Manager or Innovator?

Richard RobinsonConsulting

“The analogy with music is useful because nobody can dispute the fact that there are three types of musician: the composer, the performer and the conductor.  Nor can anybody disagree that there are world-famous musicians who are outstanding in one of these three professions without having outstanding talent for either of the other two.  If we agree on this, we … Read More

Timeline of Key Australian Risk Concepts and Events

Richard RobinsonConsulting

R2A’s recent work on dam safety led us to develop a timeline of key risk and due diligence concepts and events as they have appeared and influenced Australia. This goes some way to explaining the current divergence between the AS/ISO 31000 hazard-based risk management approach, and the common law and WHS Act precaution-based due diligence approach. In essence, both approaches … Read More

Are Australian Standards Becoming Irrelevant?

Richard RobinsonEngineering Consultants

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a standard is “an authoritative or recognised exemplar of correctness, perfection, or some definite degree of any quality.” Of course, this is but one of several definitions, and there seems to be at least five types of ‘standards.’

Swinburne 2016 Wrap-up

Richard RobinsonEducation

The post-graduate course R2A presents at Swinburne became a core unit in 2016. Over 80 students enrolled in first semester. The course is based around the 2016 edition of the R2A Text. Presenters from R2A included Gaye Francis, Tim Procter, Richard Robinson and Adriaan den Dulk. The enrolment numbers were a step up from previous semesters, and the topics students chose … Read More

When does SFAIRP = ALARP?

Gaye FrancisConsulting

The primary reason for the judicial rejection of target levels of risk or safety appears to hinge around the notion of uncertainty. When a risk expert says something is safe because the likelihood of its occurrence is around 1 x10-6 pa or 1 x 10-7 pa, they are really speaking of an inspired guesstimate or characterisation of uncertainty. That level … Read More